In the stone-carving workshop you can see two
unfinished works - the two roughly shaped blocks of marble were to fit
together as a two-form sculpture, and the three spheres were to be
placed on top of each other, with circles incised on them.
her final years, Dame Barbara had been forced by ill health to depend
on the skill of her assistants to carry out most of the hard work of
carving, but she controlled every stage of the making of the sculpture,
which was her conception alone. She was adamant that no sculpture
should be completed or cast in bronze after her death.
As you look around the workshop, you can see the tools
and overalls of Hepworth’s assistants as well as her own, everything
more or less untouched since the artist’s death, shown as close as
possible to as it had been in her lifetime. Hung on the door of a
cupboard is a calendar with the 20 May displayed permanently. This was
the day she died in 1975.
Barbara Hepworth was one of the greatest sculptors of
the twentieth century. She was a great craftsman who loved above all to
carve, working in every kind of wood and stone.
Public access to the workshop is limited to viewing from the doorway.